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Life as a Novice - FCJ Formation

Novitiate is a fairly intense time of formation. It comes after postulancy and is a formal step into the Society. During novitiate we live in community and are accompanied by a named sister (novice director). 417 more words

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Old-fashioned trunk-centered simplicity

I admire my sisters’ tales of trunks.

Long before I entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration – and long before Vatican II for that matter – the common, communal practice was that every sister had to fit all of her personal property into one trunk. 120 more words


Humility, The Final Frontier!

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Brian Doyle calls humility “the final frontier” in a recent edition of Give Us This Day. Of course, I thought of Star Trek! 173 more words

Benedictine Humility

Dancing in the Rain ... with our Sisters and God

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

“If we take it for granted that storms will come and that at various junctures in our lives we will experience real hardship, then we can prepare ourselves to endure what comes and be ready to bounce back at the first opportunity … Storms do not last forever and even in the worst storms there are interludes of respite that enable us to catch our breath and continue the struggle.” Michael Casey, … 142 more words


Introducing your new Benedictine vocation director!

You may recognize Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB (far right) from past stories and photos. She entered in 2007 and has kept a blog for the past few years about her adorable preschoolers. 623 more words


The process of lightening up my living

A few weeks ago, my whole life flashed before my eyes.

Well, maybe it didn’t actually flash. But, I really did feel I re-lived my 33 years of living in five days. 689 more words